This weekend was very rewarding. First, I would like to thank all those who contributed to our campaign to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen – Race for The Cure 5K Run/Walk this weekend. Combined, Angela and I raised about $1,000. The event was intense with over 15,000 participants. That many people made for a rather cumbersome start to the actual run but it worked out fine in the end and was, after all, for a good cause. They did not keep a detailed results list or track times outside of the top 3 I believe, but my time was 23 minutes. I was shooting for 21, but have not worked out intensely enough over the past two months to have earned that time. I am stepping up my cross training in order to be in beach shape and ready for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Challengein September. Here are some pictures from the race.
On another note, there was the all too awesome viewing of the reworking of Star Trek by J.J. Abrams that we saw this Saturday. As part of our summer movie marathon series, we watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and an A&E special on the impact of Star Trek on popular culture; namely, on geeks and the inventions they create that are inspired by Star Trek. The Star Trek series is especially meaningful to me as they belonged to my father and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, was one of the last films I ever saw in a theatre with my dad before he died (of cancer, which is why the 5K was so important to me).
Star Trek was a masterful re-envisioning of the entire franchise by J.J. Abrams. As our friend Anna put it, it was both a sequel and a prequel in one. Incorporating a skillful plot device that allowed J.J. Abrams to push the master reset button on the whole series and open up a myriad of stories and plot lines for a new generation of fans while still keeping the old ones (guess that includes me now) in the loop. I hope this film makes more money than any other in the history of the series. I also hope my dad enjoyed it, from afar.
Last but not least, I want to wish my mom and all moms out there a very happy Mother’s day!